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    Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:57:43

    The Battle of Two Marvins - A pair of Marvin Gaye biopics in the works

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    • Marvin Gaye - (From L-R) Vibraphonist Warren Wolf, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, trumpet player Christian Scott, and actor-comedian Bill Cosby joke about the height of a microphone as musical director George Duke looks on during the opening gala of the historic Howard Theater in Washington, DC on April 12, 2012. First opened in 1910 in the 'Black Broadway' neighborhood of the capital,  it has remained closed for the past 32 years until reopening  on April 09, 2012. In its heyday, the Howard Theater featured vaudeville, live theater, musicals and local talents shows, bringing the newest and biggest names of the era in black entertainment. Some of the most celebrated entertainers who performed there include Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis.
    • Marvin Gaye - A woman walks past the historic Howard Theater in Washington, DC on April 12, 2012 hours before the opening gala at the theater. Opened to the public in 1910 in the 'Black Broadway' neighborhood of the capital, the Howard Theater remained closed for the past 32 years. In its heyday, it featured vaudeville, live theater, musicals and local talents shows, bringing the newest and biggest names of the era in black entertainment. Some of the most notorious entertainers who have performed there include Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis.
    • Marvin Gaye - WASHINGTON - APRIL 22:  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder departs an Earth Day event at Marvin Gaye Park April 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. Following the event, Holder responded to questions about possible prosecutions for those who drafted interrogation technique memos recently released by the Obama administration.

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    The rise and fall of Marvin Gaye is a captivating one. That's why there are two biopics about the Motown recording artist currently in the works.

    Director F. Gary Gray, last seen behind the camera of 2005's Be Cool, is planning to direct Marvin, a biopic about the slain R&B star. Gray and the film's producers are currently shopping studios and are looking to secure rights to Gaye's catalog so they can use his songs in the film. Whomever would portray Gaye in the film would lip synch his vocals. Gaining access to the music has been the biggest battle for this picture, which will focus on the whole of Gaye's life, from his ascent to fame as a singer to his tragic death, where he was shot by his own father.

    Meanwhile, Sexual Healing, another Gaye biopic, is being planned as well. James Gandolfini is set to produce and have a small role in the film, with Jesse L. Martin on board to portray Gaye. The film will focus on Gaye's later years, due to the fact that the filmmakers have secured rights to the music from that particular period of the solo vocalist's career. Production is said to begin imminently in Europe.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    06.10.08




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